tuesday transfers 05.28.13

Forgive me, for I’ve been absent lately. It has been a month since my last blog post. Now I feel like I’m in a confessional booth, despite the fact the closest I’ve ever been to Catholicism was serving as a bridesmaid in a Catholic wedding. Instead of offering up excuses, I’ll just be honest. I’ve been tired. And lazy. After my day job and freelance work, I’ve wanted nothing more than to crawl into my overstuffed living room sofa and veg out in front of my television to watch all of the season/series finales piled up on my DVR. It has been joyous.

Nonetheless, I’m back and the blog has some catching up to do. If you’ll bear with me, this next week is going to be post-heavy. We’re starting with a Tuesday Transfers (just two days behind) featuring my latest art transferred to salvaged wood. To see all of the Tuesday Transfers posts, click here and scroll down.

Since it’s graduation season, these first two pieces were inspired by the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” which my mother gave me for my own graduation from high school. I created a hot air balloon graphic to accompany the book title. For the Etsy listing photography, I used my sister’s small, decorative metal plane as a prop. This first piece, with the black graphics on the coral/peach background, is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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For this more colorful red and teal version, I swapped out the background books in the Etsy photo for a more neutral color scheme, so as not to distract from the wood art piece. This hot air balloon graphic with the map/vintage writing superimposed on a few of the colors is one of my favorite designs I’ve created. Plus, I think this Dr. Seuss book title makes the perfect graduation quote. This piece is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Moving on from graduation gifts, the next four salvaged wood pieces are pure Memphis art. Starting with the King of Rock-n-Roll, we have an Elvis Presley silhouette graphic on a teal painted background. A special thanks to my sister for lending me her metal guitar home decor to use for an Etsy listing photography prop. This Elvis art piece is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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If you’ve never heard of “Choose 901,” please take a moment to visit here. It’s a great website that allows people to share and showcase some of the great things the City of Memphis has to offer. You can also follow them on twitter here. If you have something awesome to tweet about Memphis, be sure to add the #Choose901 hashtag. I made these next two pieces to resemble their logo. The first blue piece has already been sold to a local customer who ended up special ordering a group of them to use as unique graduation presents. So, I guess I lied about moving on from graduation gifts. My bad.

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This yellow and black Choose 901 version is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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This last wood art piece is a showcase of my love for my hometown of Memphis, TN. It features a silhouette of the state of Tennessee, with a pink heart graphic over the city of Memphis. I’ve seen this pop up all over Etsy…in prints, jewelry, etc., so I thought I’d put my own spin on the concept with a graphic print transferred to a salvaged wood block. This piece is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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I get to close with some good news today. Some of my art, as well as some of my sister’s pieces, can now be locally bought in Cooper Young’s new shop, Kindred Spirit Style. I’ll be blogging in more detail about the shop and its wonderful owner, Patti Yancey, sometime later this week. In the meantime, if you’re in the Cooper Young area, be sure to stop by 2172 Young Avenue and check out the shop. They are open every Thursday thru Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Again, I apologize for the lack of posts recently. Check back tomorrow for a new Etsy Treasury!

– lindsey archer

tuesday transfers 04.23.13

As a graphic designer, I tend to design in fads. Like, I’ll discover a new font and use it in everything for about a month until I find another new font I absolutely love to the point where I start using it in everything and look back on my old designs with a why did I use that first font OHMIGOD it’s so NOT as awesome as I thought blah blah I’m so dumb. Sort of how people look back on old photographs and think to themselves, “Holy sh*t, what was I wearing? Why did I think that haircut was okay?” Except for me, it happens about once a month instead of once a decade.

Chalkboard typography happens to be the latest fad train I’ve jumped aboard. Ever since I stumbled upon the work of graphic designer, Dana Tanamachi, I’ve become obsessed with the trend. If you’ve never seen the time lapse videos of her creating some of her work, please go here now. Warning: the talent she exudes will suck you in until you’ve watched all of them.

Welcome back. So. Chalkboard typography. I’m not really all that talented with actual chalk, so I’ve tried my best to recreate the chalkboard look for today’s installment of Tuesday TransfersA few weeks back, I created a few quote art prints with my take on chalkboard typography, which you can see in the typography prints section of my Etsy Shop here. Then, I went a bit further and transferred those art prints onto wood pieces.

First up today is an Albert Einstein quote I’ve never used before:

Creativity is contagious; pass it on.

This wood piece is available in my Etsy Shop here. To keep the focus on the actual wood pieces in the Etsy listing photography, I used only white props in the background for this first piece.

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Next up is one of my go-to quotes by Frank Zappa:

So many books; so little time.

For these photos, I propped the wood piece up on a few books (minus their decorative dust jackets), but kept the all-white vase in the background. I was afraid this set of photos would look too busy, but I actually like how they turned out. This wood block/bookend is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Another quote I love to design around is this great gem by Ernest Hemingway:

Write drunk; edit sober.

I mean, how else are you supposed to write/edit? Very sage advice, I must say. I accented this design with my typewriter vector. This wood piece is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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It seems as though I haven’t created anything Elvis themed in a while, so I decided to play around with this popular Elvis Presley quote:

When things go wrong, don’t go with them.

For added design, I included a vector of an Elvis Presley silhouette I created (available in a marble tile coaster set here) about a year ago. Can you tell I re-use vectors a lot? This wood block is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Again, to see all of these wood pieces as simple prints, visit the typography prints section of my Etsy Shop here. To see more of my Tuesday Transfers posts, you can follow this thread here and scroll down.

Thanks to a few friends, my sister and I were able to replenish our dwindling pile of salvaged and reclaimed wood this weekend.

Say it with me. Jack. Pot.

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With our brother’s help, we were able to turn all of those large pieces into ready-for-art sized pieces, as shown here. That means we’re ready to start stockpiling artwork for our 2013 Cooper Young Art Festival Booth, all of which I’ll be documenting here on Tuesday Transfers.

Come back soon.

– lindsey archer

tuesday transfers 03.26.13

One of my favorite things to do since I joined the world of blogging is browse the search term statistics readers have used to find my blog. Seriously. You underestimate how entertaining it is to read thru all the different phrases that have brought people here to my little corner of the blogosphere.

The phrase “purple vomit causes” has linked someone to my blog three different times. That is not a typo. Not once. Three times. And yes, the fact that three different people out in the world have experienced purple vomit to the extent they are googling the causes is definitely a reason for concern. In fact, if that is how you happened upon me today, please continue on to WebMD to determine how many months you have left to live.

When I see my full name show up in the search referral, I always secretly hope it’s not just my mom typing my name into Google because she forgot the actual web address of my blog. Though, let’s be honest. It probably is most definitely my mom.

Surprisingly, the phrase that clocks in with the most referrals is:

Dreams don’t work unless you do.

Considering there’s so many people out there finding my blog after Googling this term while I’ve only written about it once before…I figured it was time to revisit this popular inspirational quote. So, that’s the topic for today’s Tuesday Transfers.

As I mentioned on Friday, this post was originally scheduled for last week, but I was a little under the weather extremely, violently ill at the time and lacked both the strength and the motivation to type anything whatsoever on my computer. Thankfully, there was no purple vomit involved, so I’m all better now. Which brings us to my latest round of art transferred to wood.

Beginning with the inspirational quote “Dreams don’t work unless you do,” I played around in Illustrator with a few different typography choices until settling on my most recent font obsession—So Thin. I then added a vector image of clouds with an arrow pointing down to the inspiration quote, sort of like the quote fell out of the cloud. Keeping to pastel hues for spring, I created both a green (PMS 374 C) and a teal blue (PMS 345 C) version.

For the blue wood block’s Etsy picture, I added in a few similar-hued vases as props in the background.

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This blue version is slightly more distressed than the green and is available in my Etsy shop here.

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I also added in a few props for the green salvaged wood art piece—a green vase of my sister’s and one of my favorite green book ends.

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The green dreams quote art piece is available in my Etsy shop here.

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I’m hoping to also make this available as a simple, 8″ x 10″ art print (not on wood), but haven’t had the time as of this posting. If searching the quote “Dreams don’t work unless you do” is what brought you here today, feel free to browse around all of my Tuesday Transfers by following this thread here.

For closing today, I thought I’d share with you the most peculiar search engine term I’ve seen on my blog’s stats so far this year.

creepy old guy in cosco

And, again, no. That was not a typo. So, watch out creepy old guy in cosco. There is someone out there searching for you.

UPDATE: I’ve created the print version of this “Dreams don’t work unless you do” wood piece as a watercolor-esque art print, as shown below. It’s available in my Etsy shop here.

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– lindsey archer

tuesday transfers 03.12.13

My sister and I recently converted our back room from a library/sitting room to a library/office. We bought a wide table from a thrift store, then refinished and repurposed it as a two sided desk to fit both of our computers (instagram image here). The back wall of the now-office features two large windows and a pair of glass doors that open out to our back deck, which gives us a nice view to look out onto when our eyes aren’t glued to our computer screens. You know what other purpose those glass doors serve? They let our dog outside.

I’m sitting here at my desk, writing this post in our library/office as Maddie is staring out of those two glass doors, longing to be outside. And now she’s barking. As part hound, Maddie has one of the loudest barks for a 50 lb. dog I have ever heard. She likes to bark and whine and howl to get your attention because she doesn’t understand that a simple paw swipe on the door is efficient enough for me to let her outside. Then, less than two minutes later, she is flinging herself against the glass door to be let back inside. Over and over again. Hard. Because apparently a zombie apocalypse has broken out in our backyard and why am I just sitting here typing on my keyboard when I should be leaping up from my chair right now to open the door for her before she is attacked by the flesh eating zombies? After a few more body slams into the door, I oblige and let her inside. She leaps around the house, goes to fart in the living room (or whatever it is she does when we’re not in there with her) and is back in front of that damn glass door within two minutes. Barking and howling and jumping to be let back out as if she has completely forgotten about the zombies outside waiting to attack her.

Rinse and repeat.

Do you know how hard it is to concentrate on writing a blog post when you have a bi-polar dog in the room with you? Obviously you do now, considering I’ve written about my new office, Maddie and the zombie apocalypse without one mention of what this blog post is supposed to be about.

So, moving on to Tuesday Thursday Transfers*. To catch up on all my Tuesday Transfers posts, go here, scroll down and start at the bottom.

This week’s photo transfer artwork is another round of tumbled marble tile coaster sets (I blogged about my first sets here). In keeping with my most recent Etsy listings, I’ve tried to include more props in the photography here (as always, click on images to enlarge).

First up is my favorite Ernest Hemingway writing quote:

Write drunk; edit sober

Just like my first coaster sets, these coasters are made by transferring custom graphic images to tiles of tumbled marble. I did these coasters in three shades of green, since we’re coming up on St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday. And because green is my favorite color. I also added in my great-grandfather’s vintage Underwood typewriter as an accent for the Etsy listing photography. This set is available in my Etsy shop here.

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I previously made a set of colored Elvis Presley coasters, but I wanted to keep this one simple. So, I kept to a black and white theme. Since I don’t own a guitar, blue suede shoes or any other Elvis memorabilia, these photos didn’t include any accents. Just Elvis coasters. These are available in my Etsy shop here.

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For this next coaster set, I took a vector graphic of a vintage typewriter and added it to three colorful backgrounds. I figured the pastel blue, mint and yellow-green hues were perfect for the spring/Easter season. These are listed in my Etsy shop here.

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Next up, who doesn’t love wine? For this marble coaster set, I drew up three vectors of different shaped wine glasses in Adobe Illustrator and paired them with coral/orange and shades of mint green. Then, of course, I grabbed three wine glasses from my cupboard to use as photography props for the Etsy listing. You can view them in my Etsy shop here.

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That’s all I have for today (sorry Tuesday Transfers is on Thursday this week). Next week’s transfer series will be all about this quote:

Dreams don’t work unless you do.

Also, check back tomorrow for my latest Etsy Treasury. It’s either going to be about traveling or St. Patrick’s Day. I haven’t decided. Now, excuse me. Maddie wants to go play outside with the zombies.

– lindsey archer

*I apologize for the erratic nature of this blog post’s opening. My dog is crazy.

tuesday transfers 02.26.13

Welcome to the latest installment in my new blog series, Tuesday Transfers. This blog would have posted first thing Tuesday morning, but I started coming down with some type of head/throat/nose funk. Last night, I had the washer and dryer running as I edited the photos of these latest wood pieces. Once my bed sheets and duvet cover came out all warm and fluffy, my newly made bed appeared extremely inviting. I kept looking back and forth from my computer—sniffling and coughing and sniffling and coughing—to my nice warm bed and well…the bed won. Nothing can compete with fresh, clean, warm sheets. Right?

Due to the same head/throat/nose funk that seems to not be going away any time soon, I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. Or just short.

My Typography City Prints were the first type of graphic art prints I made when my sister and I decided to have a booth at the Cooper Young Festival last year. They were my best sellers at the Fest, as well as being rather popular in my Etsy Shop. And, well…

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Right? So, this round of Tuesday Transfers features four versions of my Memphis City Typography Prints on wood.

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The typography is the same on each piece, comprised of 31 words/phrases that encompass the attractions and hot spots of Memphis, Tennessee. Due to the nature of transferring the ink and distressing with sandpaper, each piece turns out slightly different. These first two feature black and blue graphics on light gray and white backgrounds. The white background wood piece is available in my Etsy shop here, while the light gray background is available here.

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The next two feature black graphics on painted blue and mint green backgrounds. The blue wood block is available in my Etsy shop here and the mint green is available here. As always, the edges and backs are all stained in a red oak finish.

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Thanks for stopping by for Tuesday Transfers. Check back this Friday for Etsy Friday Finds. I also have a post planned about the piece of furniture I recently upcycled—an antique cedar armoire—and some catching up to do on Project 365. Bear with me. March is going to be a busy month here on the blog.

– lindsey archer

tuesday transfers 02.19.13

Technically this is posting on Friday night. Let’s ignore this small technicality and pretend it is actually Tuesday and I posted this Tuesday Transfers blog on time because I’m awesome like that and in no way a horrible procrastinator. My bad.

I’d also like to pre-apologize for any typos this post may contain, as I’m in the middle of a heated battle between Leonardo, a pizza wielding Michelangelo, some TMNT villain with a purple cape, a cardboard box and a five-year-old.

With this new round of art photos, I decided to try something a little different than the plain backdrops I’ve been using up until now. How? By adding props.

First up is my go-to writing quote by Ernest Hemingway:

Write drunk; edit sober.

My sister and I have a vintage Underwood typewriter from the early 1900s that belonged to our great-grandfather, which served as a great background for this art piece. I’m on a coral/orange kick lately, so this block features orange paint with black transferred graphics. It’s available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Keeping with the orange theme, I’ve tried out a new quote:

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

I created a vintage inspired orange background using a combination of handwriting and map brushes in Photoshop. I paired this wood piece with one of my globe bookends my sister gave me for a birthday present. That’s also my sister’s passport, because I’ve never left the country therefore I don’t own one. So, yes, this quote is not exactly indicative of my life.

UPDATE: this orange travel quote block is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Here is a larger version of the same quote and background, minus the orange. This close-up offers up a better view of the vintage map background. As of this moment, these pieces aren’t available in my Etsy Shop, but I’ll be sure to update the post once I have them up in the shop.

UPDATE: this ivory travel quote block is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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Last one up today is back to the orange theme with a chevron pattern, featuring the Frank Zappa quote:

So many books, so little time.

I’ve already established I own a lot of books, so I had plenty to choose from to form a stack of books with covers in shades of only yellow or orange. I recommend all of them.

UPDATE: this orange chevron quote block is available in my Etsy Shop here.

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That’s all the wood art transfers I have for tonight. As I mentioned, I’ll be sure to update this post with the Etsy listings as soon as I get them all uploaded. Happy National Margarita Day. Now please excuse me. Michelangelo needs my assistance.

– lindsey archer

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